Aron Winter

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Aron Winter
Aron Winter 2013.jpg
Winter pictured in 2013
Personal information
Full name Aron Mohamed Winter
Date of birth (1967-03-01) 1 March 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname[1]
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajax (U-19 manager)
Youth career
0000–1985 SV Lelystad
1985–1986 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 Ajax 187 (46)
1992–1996 Lazio 123 (21)
1996–1999 Internazionale 77 (1)
1999–2003 Ajax 51 (4)
2001–2002 Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 32 (1)
Total 469 (73)
National team
1987–2000 Netherlands[2] 84 (6)
Teams managed
2005–2009 Ajax A1 (assistant)
2007–2009 Ajax A2
2011–2012 Toronto FC
2014–2016 Netherlands U-19
2016– Ajax (U-19)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Aron Mohamed Winter (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːrɔn ˈʋɪntər], English approximation [VIN-ter];[1] born 1 March 1967) is a retired Dutch football midfielder and current head coach of the Ajax Under-19 squad.[3] He has played for Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam in the Netherlands, for Italian sides Lazio and Internazionale, and for the Netherlands national team.

Playing career[edit]

AFC Ajax[edit]

He began his career with amateur club Unicum, he also played for SV Lelystad, before joining AFC Ajax when he was 19 years old. His first game for Ajax was a match against FC Utrecht on 6 April 1986, which Ajax won 3–0. Winter won two KNVB Cups (1987 and 1988), the Eredivisie title (1990), the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1987) and the UEFA Cup (1992)

SS Lazio[edit]

In 1992, he moved to the Roman team Lazio, playing his first match against Sampdoria on 6 September, which Lazio tied 3–3.

Inter Milan[edit]

In 1996, Winter joined Inter Milan which won the UEFA Cup in 1998. He had also played in the previous year's final, with the game going to penalties. However, Winter missed his penalty as Inter lost to Schalke.

Sparta Rotterdam[edit]

In 2001, he was loaned out to Sparta Rotterdam. He played 32 games for Sparta Rotterdam and scored one goal before finishing his career at Ajax, where he chose to retire.

Manager career[edit]

After three years as assistant coach for the Ajax first academy team, Winter signed a three-year contract with Canadian side Toronto FC on 6 January 2011. Winter brought former colleague Bob de Klerk from Ajax to be his assistant coach, while Paul Mariner was also brought in the same day being named Director of Player Development at the club.[4] After a disappointing season opener against Vancouver Whitecaps that ended in a 4–2 away defeat on 19 March, Winter won his first game as Toronto's head coach the following week against Portland Timbers in a 2–0 home victory.[5] Winter won his first trophy with Toronto in early July with a 3–2 win on aggregate over Vancouver, helping Toronto win its third consecutive Canadian Championship earning them a berth in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League.[6]

Winter led Toronto to its first ever Champions League semifinals, this was also the first time a Canadian club had made it this far in the competition.[7] Toronto eventually lost 7–3 on aggregate in the semis to Santos Laguna.[8] Following a bright start to the season in continental play Toronto started the 2012 MLS season with nine straight losses, making Winter's 0–9–0 start is the worst start in the history of the MLS.[9] Toronto won its tenth match with a 1–0 win over Philadelphia on 26 May 2012; however, it was not enough as Toronto announced on 7 June 2012 that Winter would be replaced by Paul Mariner, Toronto's director of player development.[10]


He was a member of the Dutch national team that won the 1988 European Football Championship, however he made no appearances during the final tournament.[11]

In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he scored a goal against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

He was also selected for the Dutch national team for Euro 96, as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

He left Inter for his former club Ajax in 1999. Winter placed in Rijkaard's Euro 2000 squad.

Having represented his national team 84 times, scoring six goals, Winter is currently the twelfth most capped player for the Dutch national team.

Personal life[edit]

Winter was born in Paramaribo, Suriname.[1] His grandfather, Zhang Junqiang, came from China and moved to Surinam, and Winter is his grandmother's surname.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 8 June 2012
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Toronto FC 6 January 2011 7 June 2012 64 18 21 25 28.13
Total 64 18 21 25 28.13






Toronto FC

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Introducing Aron Winter". Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  2. ^ Aron Winter at
  3. ^ "AFC Ajax 2016-17 UEFA Youth League squad". UEFA. 26 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "New Management team announced". Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  5. ^ "Martina's brace lifts Toronto FC to first victory of the season". The Star. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Toronto Takes Third Straight Crown". Toronto FC. 2 July 2011. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Reds Rocket To CCL Semifinals". Toronto FC. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "TFC eliminated from CCL with loss to Santos". Rogers Sportsnet. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "DeRosario keeps Toronto FC winless". The Globe and Mail. Associated Press. 19 May 2012. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Aron Winter out as Toronto FC head coach, replaced by Paul Mariner". The Star. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Aron Winter - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 

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